Khai Seng has the pleasure of leading the Foolproof Singapore team. He helps craft creative and effective approaches for clients and make sure that the project teams deliver world-class quality work that addresses both business and customer needs.
Throughout his career, he has facilitated many workshops and training programmes with C-suite executives and working professionals to drive cultural change within organisations around design and innovation.
Khai Seng is also a certified Integral Coach by New Ventures West – that involves helping people to create and maintain habits of excellence that are self-generating and self-correcting. His interest in contemplative practices drives him to explore how it can be integrated into all parts of his life.
How did you learn about UXSG?
I’ve forgotten how I learnt about UXSG. If someone remembers, please let me know ☺ Everyone I know in UXSG has had to make a sacrifice, big or small, it always makes and continues to make a deep impression on me. Really, no one has to do the things volunteers do, so I stand in amazement, awe and gratitude every time it happens – every little bit.
What made you volunteer for the UXSG Conference this year?
My dream would be that students (and parents) begin to perceive design as one of the top career/study choices like Medicine & Law. The problems and issues we tackle in the design industry are not small – they are meaningful and impact lives (sometimes in the hundreds of millions). In order to do that, we do want the brightest minds amongst us. Currently, design education seems to be an afterthought rather than an informed and engaged choice for most.
This UXSG event is a very tiny step to make such a thing happen.
How has the journey been?
How is it going so far? It’s neither good nor bad, it just is.
What are your personal quirks?
I hate bean sprouts!
Is there any words of advice or quotes you live by?
I stand by rigor and purity of intention and strategy. Without being aware of why I’m doing something, it becomes mindless behavior. If I’m doing something without a clear idea why, I must at least know that is what’s happening – eyes/ears/mind/heart/gut wide open. Either way, “Relax, nothing is under control.”
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
This clumsy living that moves lumbering
as if in ropes through what is not done,
reminds us of the awkward way the swan walks.
And to die, which is the letting go
of the ground we stand on and cling to every day,
is like the swan, when he nervously lets himself down
into the water, which receives him gaily
and which flows joyfully under
and after him, wave after wave,
while the swan, unmoving and marvelously calm,
is pleased to be carried, each moment more fully grown,
more like a king, further and further on.